It’s likely none of the fighters scheduled for Strikeforce’s since-cancelled November 3 card took news of the company’s decision harder than heavyweight Daniel Cormier. Cormier was scheduled to headline the show in what would have been his final appearance under the organization’s banner before moving on to the UFC with the added bonus of fighting in city he called home for a few years while wrestling in college at Oklahoma State.
While Cormier doesn’t harbor any hard feelings about the event being axed, the delay in action has left him anxious to move on from Strikeforce and focus on his future beyond the promotion’s boundaries.
“(The final fight is) what I owe to that organization and Showtime for all they’ve done for me. It was never a negative. But now it’s drifting along, drifting along. I’m ready for it to get done,” said Cormier in an interview with Inside MMA.
As disappointed as Cormier was about the recent development, he’s hopeful the extra time the situation produced will give his original opponent – Frank Mir – a chance to recover from a leg injury he suffered in the gym ultimately forcing him to withdraw from the fight.
“I don’t have an opponent. But with the two-month delay, hopefully Frank Mir’s injury is healed up and he’s ready to go,” explained Cormier before admitting he’s not even 100% sure he’ll be booked for Strikeforce’s alleged return to the airwaves in January. “I haven’t been told I’m fighting for sure, but if they’re promising a stacked card, I’m hoping I’m one of those guys they look at and as a guy you put [me] on the card and it instantly becomes a little bit better.”
Highlights from the interview with Cormier can be seen below:
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